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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Jun 29, 2008 10:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: CAUTION

great summary, very much appreciate the work you put in on this, though i gather given your attraction for the song in question, it was indeed a labor of love; it is also a favourite song of mine as well, as most Pig songs are; i was giving listen to two versions yesterday, both of which i found quite interesting; the first is the version from the Academy of Music from 3/22/72 that was released on the bonus disk for Rockin' The Rhein ... i found this version to be more lively and less hectic than the '68 & '69 versions, but absolutely wonderful, in fact i'm thinking top 5 for me anyway, though i've never really done a complete comparison of all the versions; the 2nd version i recently listened to, and which i urge every man woman and child to stop what they are doing and give it a listen, is the 2/22/68 version from the King's Beach Bowl show up at the Tapers Section over on dead.net, in fact, listen to the entire jam ... it is, quite simply, stunning

http://www.dead.net/features/tapers-section/february-12-february-18-2007

a final word of advice ... proceed with caution!

This post was modified by Arbuthnot on 2008-06-30 05:17:53

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Poster: He Live's Date: Jun 29, 2008 11:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: CAUTION

hey arb!

glad you weighed in..... to be honest -- this is a song that puzzles me a bit. i like it indeed, "Caution" holds a very unique place in the dead canon. it appears over time in the form of the "caution jam" or worse, the "caution tease"..... and that is how i came to it.

like, what is this "caution" business all about i wondered.... the jam where phil plays the basic blues bassline and jerry wails away? at first it did not seem that special to me.

but as i got more into the early dead (67-69) i sort of "got it" a little more.... i began to see where it fit in. where Lovelight sits snugly in its place, an R&B/bluesy romp -- Caution lands in different territory -- bluesy yes -- but more -- it is some sort of completely unhinged type of PSYCHEDELIA.


to the casual observer, psychedelic implies Marshmallows, Strawberry Fields, and Orange Sunshine -- to me anyway, Psychedelic implies a complete reshaping of known quantities -- taking something and turning it askew and looking at it with fresh eyes.

with Caution the band was able to tap a VERY RAW energy -- a sort of Shamanistic Blues energy -- like maybe you would have found in the deep south in the first half of the 20th century. INDEED, i think the energy at play here is slightly dangerous stuff -- there are elements of VOODOO if you will....

it took awhile -- but i see it now -- why, when in the later years when they tugged at this old, common, bluesy riff they were summoning a more complicated energy.



as far as my effort involved here -- it wasn't much. you could write a book on it -- i was hoping PEOPLE EXACTLY LIKE YOU would weigh in with their thoughts -- i was just throwing out a TEASE.

cheers!

This post was modified by He Live's on 2008-06-30 06:30:31

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Poster: deadmax Date: Jun 30, 2008 2:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: CAUTION

I, too, have come to really appreciate this song and your descriptions catch it perfectly. It seems as if Phil nods to Jerry saying "are you willing to go there?" If Jerry says "yes" then we are on the cosmic roller coaster Caution.

I'd like to hear the story of why they didn't at least try to keep is as a jam after Pig couldn't do it any more.

I've been listening to A LOT of 66 to 71 lately and I have not been let down by a Caution yet. It's as if Phil is trying to catch Jerry while Jerry is trying to catch Phil and no place in the Universe is off limits.

Good call

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Jun 30, 2008 8:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: CAUTION: Let Us Not Forget 1/20/68

the lateness of the hour last nite when i posted my reply above, caused me to not mention another one of my favourite versions of Caution; in fact, you could say that it's the version that woke me up to the song, and began my search for other versions which had the same or greater intensity; because you see the version i speak of is probably the shortest live version recorded, and yet, it's a power-house of feeling and screaming psychedelic guitar and driving bass & drums, but sadly an abbreviated version of what was to come in the following years; still, it ranks very high on my list of fave Cautions, and is more often than not the version i reach for when i want to feel like breaking something, or really, just getting that feel of the early Grateful Dead, where possibilities truly were limitless, and as a listener you really feel it, oh yeah! in fact, you might even say this short set/show is just really one long jam with the obligatory vocals thrown in here and there; i love it, and is just a 33 minute reason why early GD, when you get down to it, is really where it's at:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd68-01-20.sbd.jools.19470.sbe-fixed.shnf

Shark Hunter gives it 5 gold coins!

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Jul 1, 2008 8:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: CAUTION: Let Us Not Forget 1/20/68

This Caution sounds like a locomotive speeding towards a crossing where a station wagen is stuck on the tracks, and you just know the impending tragedy is unavoidable...

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Poster: He Live's Date: Jul 1, 2008 8:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: CAUTION: Let Us Not Forget 1/20/68

short but sweet, no doubt.... and it kicks off with a CLEMENTINE too! so Allmansey -- Elizabeth Reed -- funny, the dead played so little in 3/4 time -- in fact, what is there other than El Paso? they played more in the really odd times 7, 11, and of course... 10!